• Title I Information

    Title I, Part A

    What is the purpose of Title I, Part A?
    Title I, Part A of the Elementary and
    Secondary Education Act (ESEA),
    reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind
    (NCLB) Act of 2001, has the primary purpose,
    “to ensure all children have a fair, equal, and
    significant opportunity to obtain a high-
    quality education and reach, at a minimum,
    proficiency on challenging state academic
    achievement standards and state academic
    assessments.” To help ensure student
    success, Local Educational Agencies
    (LEAs/Districts) and schools must design,
    implement and evaluate Title I, Part A
    programs that (Section 1001, PL 107-110):

    1. Use high-quality academic assessments,
    curricula, and instructional materials that
    are aligned with State Standards;

    2. Meet the educational needs of low-
    achieving children in high-poverty schools,
    limited English proficient children,
    migratory children, children
    with disabilities, Indian children,
    neglected or delinquent children, and
    young children in need of reading
    assistance;

    3. Close the achievement gap between high
    and low-performing children, especially
    the achievement gaps between minority
    and nonminority students and between
    disadvantaged children and their more
    advantaged peers;

    4. Improve the academic achievement of all
    students and identify and turn around
    low-performing schools;

    5. Distribute and target resources
    sufficiently to make a difference where
    needs are greatest;

    6. Improve and strengthen accountability,
    teaching, and learning by using state
    assessments to ensure students are meeting
    the State Standards and increasing
    achievement overall, but especially for the
    disadvantaged;

    7. Provide greater decision-making authority and
    flexibility to schools and teachers in exchange
    for greater responsibility for student
    performance;

    8. Provide children an enriched and accelerated
    educational program, including the use of
    schoolwide programs or additional services
    that increase the amount and quality of
    instructional time;

    9. Promote schoolwide reform and ensure
    children have access to effective, scientifically
    based instructional strategies and challenging
    academic content;

    10. Provide staff in participating schools with
    substantial opportunities for professional
    development;

    11. Coordinate services with other educational
    services, and, to the extent feasible, with other
    agencies providing services to youth, children,
    and families; and

    12. Afford families substantial and meaningful
    opportunities to participate in the education of
    their children.